Shared Topic: Were 5 Levels Enough?

Here’s a Topic that reaches right into our heads and encourages us to speak up on an aspect of Cataclysm that we’ve all secretly pondered: were 5 levels (as opposed to the usual 10 per expansion) a good idea?

Ringo Flinthammer of Flinthammer deserves all the credit for bringing up this great Topic:

For the first time, WoW’s latest expansion, Cataclysm, only raised the level cap by 5 levels, in addition to the other content it added. Was Blizzard right to make this call? All other things being equal — the same number of high level zones and dungeons, for instance — should they have raised the cap by 10 levels? Should the fourth expansion be a 5-level or 10-level jump?

Want to know what WoW bloggers and readers had to say about it? Read the posts by:

Fealen from Cow and Bones

Elionene from Good Morning Azeroth

Elsen from View Through the Branches

Casual Raider from The Casual Raider

Tazok from Azeroth and Beyond

Kallixta from Kallixta’s Notes

Naithin from Fun in Games

Etherjammer from Duct Tape and a Prayer

Corath from Corath’s Blog

Anslym from Bag Overflow

Squelchy from Blame Squelchy

As for this upcoming week, our Shared Topic concerns boss fights. For the common of the mortals, most raid (and even some 5-man) bosses feel chaotic the first time. It’s like being in a loud, flashy bar where everyone speaks a foreign language. But eventually it falls together and before you know it, you’re doing the fight with one hand, while doing your nails with the other and watching TV. How do you get from the initial chaos to the magic “ah-ha!” moment where everything falls together? Blog all about it and share the link in the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Want a peak at some more topics? Check out:
Digging archeology?
Reign over the Design of WoW. What do you do?
When Good Guildies Go Bad

Resource Site Spotlight – be.imba.hu (Character Auditor)

*********EDIT: Thanks to the commenters here on the page and also a DM on twitter, I have found out that this site has not yet been updated to work with Cataclysm, I apologize for not having seen this prior to posting. Also, this same site was featured in a 2009 RSS posting by Euripedes, so please note that at the moment this site is neither working for Cataclysm, nor is it updated past what Euripedes had posted upon previously.**************

Good Wednesday to all, and my apologies for the lateness of this RSS post. Last week I was quite zombied by the plague that is the cold/flu that is going around, and then I spent the weekend in the land that data connection forgot existed. It was perfectly lovely, thank you for asking.

On to the Spotlight!

During Wrath of the Lich King I found myself in a position I had not known throughout all of my days in WoW, starting from the very launch of the game, that being participating in progression raiding. Being one of only two Rogues on a 25 man raiding team in ICC afforded me a substantial loot pile to sort through. In combination with the ever-popular DPS simulation spreadsheets, I used a website called Elitist Armory to keep track of my gear, make certain I had everything gemmed properly, enchanted properly, etc. I did not use the suggestions of the site per say, but rather used it to more readily view the pieces and gems and enchantments in an easy to view layout.

Elitist Armory closed it’s doors shortly before the ending of Wrath.

I wept.

I have now found it’s replacement for what I need now that I am properly gearing up for heroics and raids, as I know the greater part of the WoW population is now doing.

be.imba.hu

I have to claim a bit of ignorance on my part in never having researched be.imba prior to this week. I have heard of it before, I knew it existed, it was simply a service I never used, not for any fault of theres mind you. The site functions almost identically to Elitist Armory, but only better… because it’s still functioning (stating the obvious is obvious, right?).

The ability to see a full layout of gear and accessories without having to hover over individual pieces like one must in the official armory is far superior for getting down and dirty with a spreadsheet. And I do mean dirty. The official WoW Armory is of course sexier in look and layout, but that is what it is meant for, the sexy factor. be.imba.hu is simple, it has one purpose, put the information you need in front of you. That’s it.

Even if you feel you are not in need of a site or resource to layout your gear and gemming choices for easy reading and consolidation, you do. Especially now as the stat allocation system has so dramatically changed in Cataclysm, such that we are all scratching our head at times to know which is the best stat to stack or push to secondary.

Go to be.imba.hu and sign up for a forum account, use the Character Auditor, you can thank me later.

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Go to this posting by Ceraphus over at Variant Avatar that guides one through using the Battle.net Armory for much the same purpose as what I was describing here. Thanks Ceraphus ;)
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Cheers!

~Rilandune

Follow Rilandune at twitter.com/rilandune
Read his (currently nuked but coming back soon) blog – Heroically Random

Episode 115 – Reflections of Rioriel

alt Twisted Nether is happy to welcome our second overseas guest in as many weeks. Riorial of Postcards from Azeroth joins us early in HIS morning this week. We talk about the fine art of taking screenshots at 1 fps and choosing character names that have good short versions. The news this week includes Ghostcrawler’s manifesto on why heroics are hard and Cataclysm sold how many copies in a month?  A bunch of TNTCast posts and even some blogging links! Another edge of your chair TNB Episode is waiting for you!

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Welcome Wagon – Tree Heals Go Whoosh

by Beruthiel – Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Tzufit of Tree Heals Go Woosh!

Tzufit is an admitted altoholic (hi, Tzufit), and started her WoW career back during The Burning Crusade playing with the the dark magic favored by warlocks.  As Wrath of the Lich King approached, Tzufit found herself enchanted by Arthas’ ways and her soul turned to ice as she fought through Icecrown with the Ebon Blade.  However, sometime between then and now she heard the call of Malfuion and Ysera and now studies in the way of the Grove.  Although Tzufit is an avid roleplayer, she found that raiding – and more specifically healing – was her true calling.  You can find Tzufit working hard to thwart Deathwing alongside her guild mates in the Council of Dragons.

Over at Tree Heals Go Woosh Tzufit focuses primarily on the ins and outs of Resto Druids, with the occasional tidbits on moonkin practices.  You can find anything from a detailed analysis of resto druid weapons to tips for healing Magmaw and The Omnitron Defesne System (with more encounter tips on the way!).  She even has a primer for new druids on when to use Tree of Life.  What was that?  You aren’t interested in druids, you say?  Well, don’t worry!  Tzufit is diverse and still has something for you!  Check out her list of things that your healer wants you to stand in, or read her thoughts on how your life outside of WoW influences WoW.  From time to time, you may also find an occasional guest post on the feral side of things from a feral druid very close to Tzufit (assuming that she bribes him with tasty fish, of course!  Those darn cats don’t work for free!).

Outside of WoW, Tzufit is a bit of a druid in real life, managing a local, environmentally friendly, coffee shop while she finishes her masters in English Literature with a focus in Gender Studies.  When you can’t find Tzufit in WoW, you will generally find her tucked away somewhere reading a book, or trekking out in search of finding something intriguing with her camera.  Of course, if you don’t find her in either of those places, she may be having a spot of tea with Dr. Who.

Tzufit has left the gates running, and has provided some fantastic information and insights for the community.  I don’t know about you, but I am certainly looking forward to her future installments!

Welcome to the Blogoshpere, Tzufit!

Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an e-mail to fallingleaves51@gmail.com; with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

Shared Topics: Will the Last One Out and An Open Letter

After a few weeks break as we all recovered from the holidays, I welcome you all back to the Shared Topics write-up!

Because Blog Azeroth was so quiet lately, it took a couple of weeks and two separate Topics to gather enough posts for a compilation.

The first Topic was suggested by CasualRaider of the blog The Casual Raider about when the lights go out on a guild:

What happens when a guild shuts down? Sometimes no matter how hard you try to keep your guild together it collapses. What do you do after the fallout has cleared? This topic could be about several different aspects of guild dissolution(i.e. finding a new guild, rebuilding your current guild, maintaining friendships with players etc…)

Sharing their thoughts are:

Casual Raider from The Casual Raider

Nutella from The Templar’s Hammer

Rakhman from Way of the Druid

Corevin from WoW Am I Lost?

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

The second Topic was an idea from Squelchy of Blame Squelchy and involved writing an open letter to, well, anyone, really, as long as it has to do with WoW.

Write an open letter to some aspect of World of Warcraft: a character, a raid boss, a non-combat pet, a profession, the sky’s the limit. What would you want to say to them, whether in a personal note, or something published as a letter to the editor?

Participating were:

Squelchy from Blame Squelchy

Pndrev from Primetime Casual

Casual Raider from The Casual Raider

Talfrund from Expedition Azeroth

Fealen from Cow and Bones

Chuck from Lord of Assets

Rakhman from Way of the Druid

For the upcoming week, we have a Shared Topic encouraging us to share our opinion about the, um, amount, of levels in Cataclysm. Were 5 levels enough? Would you prefer 10? Blog about it and report back with a link to your post in the Blog Azeroth thread!

And after a loooong dry spell, we have a flurry of topics lined up for the next few week! Check out:

What causes an encounter to click?
Digging archeology?
You’re Given Reign over the Design of WoW. What do you do?

Huge thanks to Ringo Flinthammer and Naithin for their Topic ideas! But even though we have a lot of upcoming topics, more suggestions are still welcome. Have a topic you’d like to see others write about? Post it in the Shared Topics forum at Blog Azeroth.

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